Evacuation area

Part of the centre of Birmingham was evacuated following reports of an explosion, West Midlands Police said.

The force said its early investigations suggested a “technical fault” occurred in a “staff only area” of the Rep Theatre on Broad Street.

West Midlands Fire Service said it responded to a call at 20:11 GMT.

There are no reports of any injuries and police have asked people to stay away from the area.

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